Frankfurt 2019: Land Rover debuts all-new Defender, long live the Defender

Eric · Sep 11, 2019 03:20 PM

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  • 3 engines at launch, up to 400 PS in power
  • All-new monocoque aluminium platform
  • 90 and 110 body design, just like the forefather

After what seems like an eternity later, Land Rover has officially taken the wraps off the all-new generation Defender at the ongoing 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show.

2020 Land Rover Defender front

Codenamed L663, the all-new Defender on built on Land Rover’s D7x platform. Unlike models of yore, the all-new Defender gets a lightweight aluminium monocoque platform, allowing it to boast a three times stronger body rigidity than models built on body-on-frame platforms.

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According to Land Rover, the all-new Defender was subjected to more than 62,000 tests for engineering sign-off, while the chassis and body structure have been engineered to withstand Land Rover’s Extreme Event Test procedure.

During the development phase, prototype models have covered more than 1.2 million km across some of the harshest environments on earth, ranging from the extreme heat of the desert and freezing cold temperatures of the Arctic to altitudes of 10,000ft in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

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At launch, these engines are available:

  • P300: 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol – 300 PS, 400 Nm
  • P400: 3.0-litre MHEV petrol – 400 PS, 550 Nm
  • D200: 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel - 200 PS, 430 Nm
  • D240: 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel – 240 PS, 430 Nm

Being a Defender, the all-new model also boasts a multitude of off-road assistance. In the case of this all-new model, it receives the Configurable Terrain Response, allowing experienced drivers to finetune individual vehicle setting to suit the conditions. Even for inexperienced drivers, they can use the Auto function let the system choose the appropriate vehicle setting.

2020 Land Rover Defender front

The all-new Defender is also future-proof, as it features 14 individual modules capable of receiving Over-The-Air (OTA) software updates.

Just like the predecessor model, the all-new Defender will be available in 90 and 110 body designs, with up to 6 seats in the 90 series and the option of 5, 6, or a 5+2 seating arrangement in the 110.

2020 Land Rover Defender front

Land Rover is offering 5 variants of the all-new Defender: S, SE, HSE, First Edition, and Defender X. As the name suggests, the First Edition is only available for the first year. Land Rover is also offering four accessory packs for owners to further customize their Defender, which includes the Adventure, Country, Explorer, and Urban package.

Felix Bräutigam, Chief Commercial Officer, Jaguar Land Rover said, “New Defender will be available in 128 global markets and meets or exceeds the toughest emissions and safety requirements in the world. Using advanced technology to deliver the toughness and character you can only find in a Defender, our new 4x4 has been developed for adventurous hearts and curious minds.”

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